Connecting, Supporting, & Empowering LGBTQ Families in the DMV
New and expectant parents! Here is your opportunity to connect with new LGBTQ parents with newborns, babies, and toddlers and parents who are expecting (either pregnant or waiting for adoption placement) in the DMV area.
Each family is requested to bring a dish to share and to BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverages).
This potluck will take place in Takoma Park, Maryland at a local community center. The exact location will be provided to those who register to attend. Only families who RSVP in advance are able to attend so we can plan accordingly.
Questions? Email Rainbow Families at firstname.lastname@example.org
RSVP by Wednesday, March 21 so we know how many to expect.
Additional details including the specific address and potluck dish sign-up will be sent to attendees who have RSVP'd as we get closer to the date of the potluck.
Come connect with other area LGBTQ+ families with children of all ages from the Charles County, Maryland area. LGBTQ+ families from southern Prince Georges' County, St. Mary's County, and Calvert County are all welcomed.
This meetup will be hosted in the home of a Rainbow Families member located in Marbury, Maryland. The get together will take place from 4-6 PM on Saturday, April 7.
Please RSVP to indicate how many from your family will be attending. The exact address will be provided only to families who RSVP in advance to attend.
You must be a Rainbow Families member to RSVP. You can join by clicking here. If the membership dues pose a financial burden, please contact us at email@example.com as we are more than happy to work with you to make other arrangements and ensure our programming is accessible to you and your family.
Come connect with other area LGBTQ+ families with children of all ages from the Howard County, Maryland area. LGBTQ+ families from surrounding areas are all welcomed.
This meetup will take place a local park Lake Elkhorn Park, Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045. We will meet from 10:30 AM-Noon on Saturday, April 14. Learn more about Lake Elkhorn Park and the playground by CLICKING HERE.
Please RSVP to indicate how many from your family will be attending.
Please RSVP in order to be connected with the group facilitators and to receive the exact location of the group.contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the group.
RSVP by Wednesday, April 18 so we know how many to expect.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
Rainbow Families' Family Conference will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 8 AM-5 PM at Georgetown Day High School, 4200 Davenport St NW, Washington, DC 20016. This year's conference lead sponsors are Georgetown Day School and McLean School.
The conference is the largest gathering of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+)-headed family community in the region. The conference covers family planning workshops and panels for prospective parents and parent education workshops and panels for LGBTQ+ parents.
Our Conference is a day full of both educational and social events, featuring activities and sessions that allow LGBTQ+ families to not only learn more about the topics that matter to them, but also to build on their own community of support.
Diverse Workshops & Presentations
Featuring information and tools for LGBTQ+ families, prospective parents, allies, and for people who work with LGBTQ+ families. Topics covered will include:
A full-day of fun, engaging and nurturing activities for children 2.5 years old through elementary school age
Resource & Provider Fair
Information and resources from welcoming DMV area service providers, schools, businesses, and organizations
Tween & Teen Programs by COLAGE
Day of programs provides opportunities for creativity, recreation and deep discussion and a safe environment to connect with other youth who are part of an LGBTQ+ family (Learn more about COLAGE here.)
The adult registration fee listed below includes continental breakfast, opening session, a full day of workshops, lunch and ice cream social. The Kids' Camp registration fee includes continental breakfast, a full day of age-appropriate activities, lunch and ice cream social. Registration fees are non-refundable and will be used for the attendance grant fund.
Early Adult Registration through April 15:
Members: $50 per person
Non-Members: $85 per person
Late Adult Registration - April 16 through May 2:
Members: $70 per person
Non-Members: $105 per person
Adult ON-SITE Registration:
Members: $85 per person
Non-members: $120 per person
Kids’ Camp Registration through April 15 ONLY:
Members: $30 per child
Non-Members: $50 per child
Tween/Teen Programming by COLAGE Registration through April 15 ONLY:
If you are not currently a member of Rainbow Families, you will have an opportunity to activate your membership ($35 annual fee) prior to registering for the conference. This will enable you to receive the member discount for the Family Conference and other events throughout the year. This option exists on-site at the conference as well. CLICK HERE TO JOIN TODAY!
The Family Conference is entirely self-supported and is financed by conference registration fees and the generous support of our sponsors. Because of our sponsors, we are able to offer a registration fee that is much lower than the actual per person cost to attend. Please be sure to thank our sponsors for their support of this program and our community.
Family Assistance Fund: If the conference registration fees present a barrier from you and your family attending the conference, please email email@example.com to discuss alternative arrangements. We never want a financial barrier to stand in the way of your ability to attend the conference.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CONFERENCE HERE!
Come enjoy the day at Smithsonian's National Zoo! Gay Day at the Zoo will take place on Sunday, May 6 from Noon-5 PM. It is the perfect opportunity to roam the Zoo in a safe, comfortable, and welcoming environment surrounded by members of our LGBTQ+ and ally community.
Rainbow Families & The DC Center are partnering to have a meet-up for families with activities and crafts for the kids at a location TBD. We also invite you to use the space to enjoy your lunch either purchased on site or packed and brought with you.
Be sure to explore the Zoo on your own or along with some of your new friends. Or head on over to ride the carousel or explore the Kids Farm.
STAY TUNED FOR MORE!
This potluck will take place in Washington, DC not far from the U Streete Metro. The exact location will be provided to those who register to attend. Only families who RSVP in advance are able to attend so we can plan accordingly.
RSVP by Wednesday, May 16 so we know how many to expect.
Join fellow Rainbow Families for a family outing to see Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt at Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo. Please arrive by 1:30 PM. The performance begins at 2 PM. Our group will have access to the party room where we will meet up before the show beginning at 1:30 PM and afterwards until 4 PM. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share potluck style for lunch after the performance. Additionally, we'll have a fun craft for the kids to do after the performance.
As a group we were able to secure a discounted rate on tickets of $15/person for Rainbow Families members and $20/person for non-members. Tickets are available until Monday, March 5.
Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt
Adapted for the stage by Allison Gregory
Based on the books by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc.
Directed by Mitchell Hebert
Recommended for Ages 4+
Third grade has put Judy Moody in a mood. She's got to figure out what to include in her "Me" collage, and her know-it-all little brother Stink keeps getting in the way. When the Moody family drops anchor on “Artichoke” Island, they meet Cap’n Weevil with a secret treasure map, launching them on a mad dash across the island in search of gold. But they’re not the only salty dogs lookin’ for loot! Can Judy Moody and Stink outwit their competition in time? Will Judy finish her project? Come aboard as we launch this world premiere and find out!
The whole family is invited to march in the Capital Pride Parade with Rainbow Families! We encourage allies,, friends, and families from out of the area to march in the parade alongside our DMV families and celebrate our family pride!
Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect.
As we get closer to the date of the parade, we will send out additional details including our designated meet up location.
Rainbow Families is excited to have a booth at this year's Capital Pride Festival. Please consider volunteering at our booth.
Please CLICK HERE to see available volunteer opportunities.
Not able to volunteer? Please stop by our booth and say hi.
MORE INFO COMING SOON!
Rainbow Families is working to bring more opportunities for area LGBTQ+ headed families to come together and connect. Therefore, we are planning another dance to reach more families!
Come out and rock the night away! We hire a family-friendly DJ for the dance, plus have games and activities. Plan to join us for this fun event! Kids of all ages are welcome!
Advanced sales: $5/adult, FREE Child (under age 18)
Day-of sales: $18/adult, FREE Child (under age 18)
Presented in partnership with Hillwood Estate, Museum, & Gardens.
The program takes place rain or shine. In the event of rain picnicking will take place under the shelter of the C.W. Post courtyard tent and the art project, face-painting, and dress-up activities will take place indoors.
Maybe Baby Class Overview:
The Maybe Baby series is designed for prospective parents, singled, married or partnered, who are considering parenthood and interested in learning more about the options for building a family. The series covers a wide range of topics, including readiness, overview of adoption, assisted reproduction, and surrogacy; financial and legal issues; building a support network; decision making as a couple or with a partner(s); considerations for single parenting; and the joys and challenges of being an LGBTQ+ headed family. The class is designed to provide a balance of active discussion and sharing, as well as to gain practical, accurate information that helps set the foundation for moving forward.
Location: Whitman Walker Health, 1525 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
Cost: The cost is $250 per couple, $150 for singles.
Fall Family Camp Weekend - Camp Tockwogh - Friday, Oct. 5 - Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018
REGISTRATION OPENS IN EARLY SPRING 2018
Various Housing Options Available - Registration Fees $115-$160/Person Depending on Housing Selection
Rainbow Families 7th Family Camp Weekend will be held October 5-7, 2018 at Camp Tockwogh in Worton, MD (about a 2 hour drive from the DMV). Camp Tockwogh is a 309-acre family-friendly campground located on the Chesapeake Bay.
Family Camp Weekend provides LGBTQ families with the very unique opportunity to forge personal connections and build community with one another. Together, parents and children spend the entire weekend enjoying the outdoors!
Registration fees depend on your housing selection $115-$160 per person (children and adults 3 years of age and up). Registration includes accommodations for two nights, all activities, and five meals.
Only include children 3 years of age and older as guest registrants to be factored into your payment. Children aged 2 and under are free.
Learn about the available HOUSING OPTIONS by CLICKING HERE. Housing options are limited, and are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Learn more about Camp Tockwogh by CLICKING HERE.
November is National Adoption Month! Join the DC Center and Rainbow Families on for Adoption Information Night for LGBTQ+ prospective parents. This event starts at 7 PM at the DC Center for the LGBT Community.
If you have considered parenthood, and have thought about adoption as a path-to-parenthood, then this event is for you! Come learn about domestic infant adoption, older child adoption, and foster-to-adopt. Meet other LGBTQ+ parents who are going through the adoption process. FREE information and inspiration! No commitment necessary!
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